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In 2017, over two million people died from pneumonia worldwide. Respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia, remain a major concern to hospitals around the world, especially during the winter months when an influx of patients can put some hospitals into crisis mode. Pneumonia ranges in severity from a mild illness to life-threatening. Anyone can contract pneumonia, but babies, young children and older people are particularly susceptible to the dangers of this illness. Pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death in children, with about 15% of deaths attributed to children under five. There are multiple types of pneumonia: one of the most common and life threatening-types is pneumococcal pneumonia.